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A NEW ‘urban art’ exhibition is set to launch in Leicester next week, before touring the rest of the UK.

The exhibition entitled: ‘The World We Live in: Art and the Urban Environment’, is set to launch at Leicester’s Museum and Art Gallery on February 5. It will run until May 2, before touring to other venues across the UK.

The exhibition will feature a mixture of painting, sculpture, photography and film which explores urban life.


Alongside the exhibition’s broad range of works, The World We Live In also includes some of the Arts Council Collection’s collection of documentary photographs from the 1960s and 1970s which present a view of inner city life across the UK.

In addition, for the first instalment of the touring exhibition, three works from Leicester’s own collection have been added to the exhibition. William Roberts’ painting of a raucous crowd at the theatre and Clifford Rowes’ quieter representation of diners sitting down to a fish and chip supper capture two contrasting snapshots of metropolitan life.

“We look forward to working with our touring partners on this exhibition in which artists bring many different ways of looking at our urban environment and, through art, raise questions and encourage people to keep interrogating the world we live in,” said Deborah Smith, director of the arts council collection.

Established in 1946 as a national collection for the UK, today the Arts Council Collection cares for over 8,000 works by close to 2,200 artists.

The Collection is managed by the Southbank Centre on behalf of Arts Council England, and is committed to supporting artists from a wide range of backgrounds and disciplines, most often at an early stage of their career, in order to reflect the rich, diverse culture of the UK. It is a widely circulated national collection that can be seen in museums, galleries, schools, universities, hospitals and charitable associations across the UK and abroad.

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